TRVE Brewing Co.

TRVE Brewing Co.TRVE Brewing Co.
TRVE Brewing Co.TRVE Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar

227 Broadway #101
Denver, Colorado, 80203-5940
United States

(303) 351-1021 | map
trvebrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4
Beers:
67
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
946
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.15
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
102
pDev:
10.6%
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slander from New York

4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Winding down in Denver town, this our second to last day of play. Crippling breakfast, check, and now we’re off to, hey, where are we going exactly? What’s ‘Tra-ve’?’ Oh, you mean the sour beer metal place? Are you stupid? It’s pronounced ‘True’, dude (awkward silence in the car as we laugh at a certain someone). Navigated in and then Davo, who is champion, jumped back in the car to relocate when the talls turned away. TRVE. It’s guarded by no less than three men on scooters, we don’t acknowledge them, and enter…

It’s deep and dark, kind of. I mean, it’s lighter up front due to the entrance and then goes darker as you get further in (don’t be a-scared). The walls however, seem to be painted darker up front & lighter to the rear (or maybe not), so let that sink in. Concrete flooring, painted low ceilings with duct work. Drop wood frame boxed bulb filaments over the tabling; spots over the bar on the taps & bar counter art, and on the walls & to the rear. Multiple 3’ x 4’ black & white prints of a dilapidated abandoned house (each from a different angle or position) on both walls. They haunt my dreams. I think (read: I am absofuckinglutely sure) bad things have happened there. Super creepy. Someone should bulldoze that shit down, Forrest Gump Jenny's house style.

So, there’s a single enorrrrrrmous 3 plank picnic table off to one side; I’m talking 7 baby benches seating 2 each on both sides, so that’s um, 7 benches, 2 each, that’s 14, on both sides, yeah, seating for 28. This table could seat 3 dozen+ if not for the shorty share 2-seater benches, you know what I mean? And 6 standing bar counters off the far wall should you not make the grown-up table this Thanksgiving.

Past there sits a straight wood topped bar with a break off to the right; black panel base and seating for 16 stooled. The barback counter (shrine) holds a barbell tap tower with a dozen non-descript handles and a single upright cylinder off to one side, amidst candles and animal skulls, because clearly, somethingbody was sacrificed 10 minutes before you got here. On the wall over the taps, pentacle goat & wolf banner flaggings to both sides of a framed winged whathtefuckisthat? print below mounted horns.

Bottle & can cooler behind the bar for the pouring from. Bar counter ledge adjacent to the bar running the length with small Tired Hands-like drawings for sale lining the wall above. And a slight platform to the rear left where a small brewery used to be. Shirts & swag forward the bar, and there’s a bottle cooler fronting the space; they need to move it back 20 feet and put in more seating. Bar counter seating in the front garage door roll up opening.

Alongside the barback wall, the beer list is done up via projection screen action, split between ‘clean beer’ and ‘sour beer’. They give you beer, descriptors, & ABV, but no discernable differentiation between draft, bottle, & can. Hmmmm. Okay, there’s a paper list that shows draft pricing for shorty & full pour with crowler & 4 pack to-go options, as well, and also bottle & can pricing. Still, the menus just have all formats lumped in together; it kind of makes my brain ache.

22 offerings in all, again, the list is split between ‘clean beer’ (Cold, Kellerpils, 4.9%; Steady Now, Belgian Pale Ale, 3.8%; Lower, Table Saison, 2.8%; Ageless Fire, East Coast IPA, 5.7%; Show No Mercy, West Coast IPA, 5.6%; Stout O))), American Stout, 6.2%; Cosmic Crypt, Farmhouse Pale Ale, 5.6%; Atla, Kviek Style Farmhouse Ale w/Juniper, 4.5%; Scorn, West Coast Pale Ale, 5.4%: Apricot Crypt, Farmhouse Pale Ale on Apricots, 5.7%; Exhumation, East Coast Pale Ale, 4.6%), and ‘mixed culture sour beer’ (Red Chaos, Golden Sour on Colorado Tart Cherries, 6%; Starving Gods of Old, Golden Ale on Colorado Peaches, 5.9%; Heathen Reign, Golden Ale on Colorado Chokeberries, 5.7%; Cursed, Pale Ale, 4.7%; Jewel Throne, Golden Ale on Colorado Apricots, 5.7%; Rest, Lagered Saison, collab w/Oxbow, 7%; Spirit Ritual, Golden Ale on Colorado Plums, 6%; Dying Light, Golden Ale on Roussane Grape Must, 6.1%; Novae, barrel blend, 5.5%; It’s a Dry Heat, Golden Ale dry hopped w/Galaxy, collab w/Arizona Wilderness, 5.8%; Myrican Viking, Golden Ale w/Bog Myrtle, collab w/TOOL, 4.9%).

I drank or sampled a few of the clean beers (Stout O))), really damn tasty; Scorn, dry hopped, fruity; and Apricot Crypt, dry & Saisony), and they were very good, but them mixed culture sour beers ruled (Red Chaos, bright red, funk & pucker!; Starving Gods of Old, damn, that’s peachy, farmhouse funk; Jewel Throne, a lot more sour than the peach, me thinks, like!; It’s a Dry Heat, dry & funk). I’m a sucker for stone fruit beers so yeah, cherries, peaches, & apricots are my wheelhouse and these don’t disappoint.

A chill comfortable Friday afternoon hang (with ‘No Cookie Monster metal’, says Witz). Beers are well done and there’s quite the range. I could do some serious time here.

Nov 30, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.73/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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LSDIIS from Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome metal brewery. Great beer.

Apr 20, 2018
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deereless from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Mar 17, 2018
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Mr_Bryce_yo from Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

dark black and metal this place is everything a metal head that drinks could wish for

Jan 04, 2018
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mig100 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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kmanjohnson from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Oct 06, 2017
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Keananmichael5 from California

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Oct 06, 2017
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Gkruszewski from New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 01, 2017
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HeartofMiami from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Aug 14, 2017
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zimm421 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Jul 20, 2017
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BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

May 30, 2017
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SamN from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

TRVE is Denver's heavy metal themed brewery, and one step inside makes that abundently clear. Located in a nondescript little spot on South Broadway, the Necrominon symbol on the front door welcomes you into a dark, dark place. Metal blasts you in the face as your eyes adjust to the darkness. And no, it isn't Poison or Godsmack or Linkin Park; it's called TRVE for a reason. You're gonna hear fast and heavy metal, so posers, take it down the street. The bar is a long slab of dark wood facing what can only be described as an Altar of Beer, surrounded by evil art, skulls and candles. The beer they serve here is excellent, and they are known for their sours, ranging from slightly tart to pure vinegar. They also have a non-sour menu, with the beer totaling almost twenty at any given time. The staff is awesome, friendly without being douchey, knowledgeable without being pretentious. The beer is so good, even people who hate metal flock here, so be prepared to mingle with all types of folks here.

TRVE fucking rules, top 3 breweries in Denver for me. Come here and experience something different.

May 04, 2017
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Apr 12, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Apr 07, 2017
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locoformavs from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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SFACRKnight from Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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TRVE Brewing Co. in Denver, CO
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 946 ratings